When discussing the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs, some might wonder exactly what the defensive secondary will look like when the team travels to the New England Patriots in Week 1 of the NFL regular season. William Gay, Cortez Allen and Antwon Blake are essentially locks to make the team this season, but who else will help bolster the team's depth at the cornerback position?
Rookies Senquez Golson and Doran Grant will be the next names in the discussion, but as Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes, don't forget about B.W. Webb and Kevin Fogg. Despite the ongoing effort to improve their games, Webb talked openly about what needs to be done to make the Steelers' 53-man roster.
"There's always room for improvement and things to do better at; I'm still trying to get a grasp of some things," Webb said last week in the locker room following a minicamp workout. "But I think I'm doing a good job of showing them that I'm ready to get out on the field and start playing."
Webb was a fourth round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys and saw playing time his rookie season before being released. He was on the Steelers 53-man roster in 2014, but was essentially inactive more than activated on game days. Fogg, on the other hand, was an undrafted rookie who spent time with the Miami Dolphins before signing a futures contract with the team in the offseason.
"I'm just blessed just to be here; God has opened up my eyes a little bit of all that He's given me, so it's been good to be able to compete and have fun and enjoy the process," Fogg said. "Sometimes going into your first *true* offseason it can be a little hesitant at first, but it's been good because I was with (the Steelers) for the last four weeks of the season just to get used to the feel for everybody and click with people for the most part. But it's fun; I feel good."
"I felt like when I went through the process of training camp last year with the Dolphins that I got a little too ahead of myself and was trying to, you know, play the numbers game (in regard to available roster spots)," Fogg said. "For a player that's young and a rookie to play the numbers game, it plays with your head and it messes you up mentally.
"So it's just been good for me to take one day at a time here, enjoy the process and just give it my best each and every day, and just do what I have to do right now - worry about tomorrow when the time arises, and just continue to have that mindset each and every day... All I can do is just do my best and God will take care of the rest."
Fogg has made several plays with the starting defense throughout organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, enough to catch the attention of teammates, coaches and onlookers observing the workouts. The Steelers have two potential play makers in Golson and Grant, but if Webb and/or Fogg will step up this training camp it will only add more quality depth to a position which desperately needs it.